Tony Rand

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Tony Rand
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 19th district
In office
In office
1995 – Dec. 31, 2009[1]
Succeeded byMargaret H. Dickson
Personal details
Born (1939-09-01) September 1, 1939 (age 79)
Panther Branch, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenRipley Rand, Craven Rand
ResidenceFayetteville, North Carolina
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Anthony Eden "Tony" Rand is an attorney and former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly who represented the state's nineteenth Senate district from his appointment in 1981 until he unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 1988, losing to Jim Gardner. Rand returned to the state Senate in 1995, where he served until his resignation[2] in 2009. His district included constituents in Bladen and Cumberland counties. A lawyer and consultant from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Rand served as Senate Majority Leader from 2001 through 2009. He was succeeded in the leadership post by Martin Nesbitt.

Early life[edit]

Rand was born in southern Wake County, North Carolina and graduated from Garner High School in 1957. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961 and a law degree from there in 1964.[3]

Legislative career[edit]

In 2007, Rand proposed in Senate Bill S1557 that the state formally apologize for slavery and the denial of civil rights that followed after slavery.[4][5]

On May 28, 2008, Rand filed North Carolina Senate Bill 2079[6] requiring North Carolina college students to mentor public school-age children in order to receive a bachelor's degree. The bill was named for Eve Carson and Abhijit Mahato, two students murdered in North Carolina in 2008.[7]

Post-Senate career[edit]

After leaving the Senate, Rand was appointed to head the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission.[8] He is also chairman of the board of Law Enforcement Associates Corp.[9]


  1. ^ News & Observer: Rand tenders resignation letter Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ News & Observer: Rand to resign Archived 2010-03-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Dent, Anthony. "King Rand". Carolina Review. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  4. ^ Senate Joint Resolution DRSJR85297-LG-480B (03/22) Senator Rand, Sponsor
  5. ^ Second slavery apology bill filed Archived 2007-05-10 at the Wayback Machine Lynn Bonner and Benjamin Niolet, The News & Observer, April 4, 2007
  6. ^ "Eve Carson/Abhijit Mahato Comm. Service Prog". North Carolina Senate. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  7. ^ "Legislation seeks service requirement for undergrads in memory of 2 slain students". WRAL. May 28, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  8. ^ Parole Commissioners
  9. ^ "People: Law Enforcement Associates Corp (LAWEQ.PK)". Reuters. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011.

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